Poetry – The Pavement Artist

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Poetry - The Pavement Artist
The Pavement Artist

I THINK that I should like to be
A pavement artist best,
For he has every kind of chalk
Spread in a cosy nest.

I have ten pieces in a box,
Black, yellow, white and blue,
Pink, red, brown, orange, grey and green,
But these are far too few.

— Compton Mackenzie

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The Benefits of Eating Frozen Fruit and Vegetables

People usually eat fruits and vegetables for their nutritional values, but they cannot enjoy them when their season is over. When fruits and vegetables are out of season, cooks either have to adapt to eating the produce of the new season or depend on frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits and vegetables are used for various reasons like ease of using them and their nutritional benefits. Some of the benefits of eating frozen fruit and vegetables are:

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables Are Full Of Nutrients

The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables starts lessening the minute they are picked. So, their nutritional value gets affected from the moment they are plucked and the time you take to eat them after harvesting them. But the nutritional value can be much more than fresh fruits and vegetables as they are frozen as soon as possible after harvesting them. Moreover, they are full of their nutritional elements, including minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, when they are plucked after their full maturity. Freezing fruits and vegetables at this stage help in locking most of their nutrients in them. On the other hand, the fresh fruits and vegetables you get in the market have to travel a long way to reach you, and during that period, they get enough time to reap and get maturity. So they must be harvested when they could not get the maximum amount of natural nutritional elements. They get ripened artificially during their transit period. So, frozen fruits and vegetables have more nutritional value than their fresh counterparts.

The fact that frozen fruits and vegetables are more or equally nutritious to fresh fruits and vegetables can be proved on the basis of two studies performed independently. These studies were carried out by the scientists of Chester University and Leatherhead Food Research center. They have performed over 40 tests on frozen fruits and vegetables as well as on the products kept in a fridge for 3-4 days to measure and compare their nutritional values. They found that the level of nutrients found in the samples of frozen foods is more than in the comparatively fresher items. Actually, the level of antioxidants, like anthocyanins, lutein, beta-carotene, and polyphenols, found in some of the frozen vegetables and fruits, were higher than in fresh fruits and vegetables. The results of these researches have confirmed that the nutrients are not destroyed when the foods are frozen. It has been found that frozen broccoli lost 10% of its nutrients when preserved for one year, whereas fresh broccoli lost over 50% in just one week.

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables Are Free From Additive

When fruits and vegetables are frozen, no unwanted additives are used while packing them in bags. On the other hand, canned fruits and vegetables have a number of additives in them, even if no sugar or salt is used while preserving them. You can find these additives from fresh fruits and vegetables if you check them minutely, but you cannot find any added material on the fruits and vegetables preserved in freezers.

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables Are Very Easy To Use

If you like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables then you can visit a local market of farmers to get the produce of that season, but in the long run, you will find that it would have been better if you have bought frozen foods. Along with preserving the nutritional values, the frozen foods are easy to use as you need not wash, chop, or peel them. And for that reason, you can pour them directly on your plate to eat them instantly after taking them out of the freezer. The ease of using frozen vegetables and fruits has also been proved through a study on working women. According to this study, on average, almost one hour is spent every day by working woman for preparing, serving and eating the food and cleaning up afterward when she uses frozen fruits and vegetables. But when they use fresh fruits and vegetables then they have to spend at least one hour for preparing, serving and eating each meal. Actually, they save a lot of time to reach and prepare meals with frozen ingredients than fresh ingredients.

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables Can Be Used Flexibly

You can use frozen fruits and vegetables stocked in your freezer in different ways as necessary. You can spread them on the whole-grain toast with butter or use them as a topping on your oatmeal recipe. You can also sauté them with some garlic, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil and add some brown rice pasta or a bit of quinoa or add them in your stir fry dishes as the main ingredient to make delicious recipes of your choice very quickly. Moreover, you can use frozen ingredients throughout the year even when their season is off. Fresh fruits and vegetables, you cannot use them in their offseason, unless they are imported from elsewhere.  

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables Take More Care Of Your Health

Though buying fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to get nutrition, but it is not necessary. Nutritionists usually suggest eating 4-5 servings of vegetables and fruits every day to remain healthy.  According to a recent study, it has been proven that fruits and more vegetables and fruit are consumed by the people who buy frozen produce than those who buy fresh ones. It makes people eating frozen produce healthier than those using fresh produce as their intake of vitamins and minerals is higher.

There are a number of benefits of eating frozen vegetables and fruits, but that does not mean that you should avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Recipe – Homemade Parsnip Soup

Are you looking for a quick, no-fuss cream of parsnip soup recipe? Look no further. This simple recipe will take between 45 minutes and 1-hour to complete. You probably have most of the ingredients at home in your fridge or pantry. And, it’s a great homemade flavor everyone in the will love, even the pickiest of eaters.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty recipe after a long day at work or something to help get you over that cold that’s been lingering for a few days, we’ve got the perfect homemade cream of parsnip soup recipe for you to try out.

Ingredients for Cream of Parsnip Soup

Okay, as we mentioned above, you probably have most, if not all, of these ingredients lying around in the kitchen and your herb garden. You’ll need

  • 2-tsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4-cup heavy cream
  • 3/4-tsp salt (+/- as needed)
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1-cup diced shallots
  • 1/4-cup diced onions
  • 3/4-cup white wine
  • 5 cups (1.18 l) of chicken stock
  • 3.5 cups (0.83 l) of peeled parsnips
  • 3/4-tsp white vinegar

You’ll combine these ingredients to prepare your cream of parsnip soup.

Directions: Preparing your Cream of Parsnip Soup

To prepare your cream of parsnip soup recipe, you’ll melt your butter over a low to medium heat. To the pan, you’ll add the shallots, onions, and vinegar stir until it’s translucent in the pan, or up to about 5 minutes. Add your wine and bring this to a simmer. You’ll then add the

  • Parsnips
  • Chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper and bring this to a boil.

It will take about 45 minutes for the parsnips to soften. Remove the ingredients and place them in an immersion blender to purée. You’ll then take the purée, and place it back in your pan on a low to the medium setting, slowly adding and whisking in the heavy cream. You’ll set the ingredients over low heat and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.

The total preparation time is about one-hour, after adding and whisking in your heavy cream.

Servings

  • This recipe makes approximately 6 servings

Shortcut Key Lime Pie

Looking for an easy desire to put on the table which doesn’t require much stovetop or cooktop time? Well, here you go.  In fact, if you heat the water in the microwave, you needn’t touch the stove or oven.   This recipe is handy year-round, but especially so in the warm weather of summer.

Total Time

  • 2 hours, 20 minutes

Preparation Time

  • Twenty minutes

Refrigeration Time

  • Two Hours

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fat-free whipped topping
  • 1 purchased or prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
  • 1 package (0.3 ounces) sugar-free lime gelatin

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water to gelatin.
  • Stir gelatin about two minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  •  Whisk in yogurt.
  • Gently fold in whipped topping.
  • Pour into crust.
  • Level and smooth out filling.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 2 hours.
  • Garnish, if desire
  • Cut and serve cold.

Servings

  • This recipe makes eight servings

Why House Cats Love Cardboard Boxes So Much

Cats are one of the most wonderful pets, and many homeowners like to own a single cat or a few of them. Along with dogs, they make excellent company. They are extremely cute and would like to keep themselves scrupulously clean. They are also playful and could help in ensuring that the owners reduce stress and tension. If people are staying alone, as it happens quite frequently these days, a cat can help a lot in removing loneliness and solitude. However, like all other pets, cats need a good place to live. Though many cat owners design special homes for these feline beauties, most cats have a fascination and liking for making cardboard boxes as their homes. Are you keen on getting answers to the question as to why cats love cardboard boxes? If yes, it would be a good idea to go through this article. It may help the readers to understand a few reasons as to why cats have a fascination for cardboard boxes. In spite of best efforts, many veteran cat-owners are not able to find out why cats continue to enjoy staying in cardboard boxes. Though most questions remain unanswered, there are perhaps a few reasons that make these feline pets so attached to cardboard boxes. We share a few possible reasons for this unexplained love between cats and cardboards.

Security And Safety

Security and safety are perhaps one of the most important reasons for cats having a special relationship with cardboard boxes. Cats seek and love enclosed spaces. Seeking enclosed spaces is the obvious and most common response of these pets when they are either afraid or stressed. It is more of an instinct for them. Seeking enclosed spaces is perhaps because when they are inside a box, cats are confident that nothing can sneak up to her either from the side or from the back. Cats will be able to enjoy a direct field of vision and will be in a position to see anything that is approaching. The boxes provide a mechanism for coping with stressful things and events, and it helps to relieve anxiety for them. Seeking enclosed spaces is especially true for cats who are new entrants into a home.

They Find It A Fun Place

Cats love to be always in a playful and happy mood. When they are on cardboard, they find it full of fun. They love to roll around in the cardboard boxes, and they also have great fun jumping in and out of it. If you have toys in the cardboard or outside the box, they love to pounce on the same from the insides of the cardboard. Cats do love a fuzzy ball, and they would not mind playing with it for some time. However, if you can provide them with a cardboard box, they would be too happy about it. It perhaps would make them feel that they are in cloud nine. They will consider this as a priceless gift and would not mind playing in it for hours at length.

It Helps Them To Develop Their Instincts

Cats, as we all know, have predatory instincts. They love to hide and then pounce on their prey. We all know that wild cats are one of the finest predators. They enjoy watching, hiding and stalking their prey. They wait for the opportune moment. They love to jump out of their hiding place and ambush the prey. Though domestic cats don’t hunt for their survival, their instincts are still at play. They love to indulge in their instincts from inside the cardboard because it gives them the right environment, surroundings, protection, and hiding space.

They Enjoy Scratching And Chewing

If you are a cat lover and have a few cats in your home, you will certainly know that they are notorious scratchers. They always like to sharpen their claws on the couch, and you also would see them doing it to your curtains and carpets. Cardboard boxes are ideal for scratching. They relish the way it feels when they sink their razor-sharp claws into the cardboard.

Further, the cat’s paws also have scent pads. When they scratch, their claws leave behind a scent on the various things. They love to mark the cardboard and surrounding areas with their scent, and this helps them to mark their territory. Cats like other pets are extremely territorial, and cardboard boxes help them to protect their territorial integrity.

They Love The Warmth

Cats love to stay put in certain temperatures ranging from 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. In most homes, the temperature ranges from 72 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. They feel cold when the temperature is below 86 degrees. Therefore, it is quite obvious that cats feel warmer and cozier in cardboard boxes. They would not mind the insides of the cardboard boxes stuffed with newspapers and other such soft things.

They Love To Sleep In Cardboard Boxes

It would not be the right decision to invest in expensive and fancy cat beds. All that your pet cat wants is a blanket inside the cardboard boxes. They are psychologically attracted to the boxes because they provide a luxurious and cozy place to sleep. It may not look luxurious to us mortal human beings, but your feline pet certainly loves sleeping in them for hours at length. They find cardboard boxes to be a favorite hiding place and would like to curl up and sleep in a place that they think is very safe and comfortable.

How To Make The Cardboard Box Comfortable

The above certainly should have given the readers a reasonably good understanding of the eternal love between cats and cardboards. It is a very simple, cost-effective and wonderful way to show your love to these awesome feline pets. Be sure that the cardboard is of the right size. It should not be too big or too small. Ensure that the cardboard is safe and remove all pin, staplers and other such things that might hurt the pets. Yes, you will have to change the cardboard boxes once in a while because your cat will damage it for sure within a few weeks or months. You certainly will not mind doing this much to your beloved cat, and you can be sure that it will remain ever grateful to you and will be a wonderful company for many years and decades.